Star Wars: The Last Jedi


Review: Rey develops new abilities with the help and guidance of Luke Skywalker. He is unsettled by the strengh of her powers. At the same time the Resistance prepares to do battle with the First Order. This also unlocks age-old mysteries of the Force and shocking revelations of the past.
Director: Rian Johnson
Actors: Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie, Kelly Marie Tran, Laura Dern, Benicio Del Toro and Frank Oz
Year: 2017
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy and Sci-Fi
Conclusion: 5/5
Rian Johnson has done a fantastic job directing this and has got the perfect balance between character and plot. He took on such a big film and a huge task and has done it very successfully. It has a bit in it for everyone to enjoy whether you are young or middle aged, and whether you are a huge Star Wars fanatic or a general cinema goer. There are scenes in it that are quite heavy, but also scenes that have got a bit of humour in. The light relief does help you to cope with the more serious material. I have to say that I was surprised at how few scenes John Boyega had and how little he had to work with. Thought he would be in it all the way through. However, every time he did come onto the screen I did feel safe and then totally relaxed. I also felt the same when Carrie Fisher came onto the screen. They couldn’t have done this film without her. She was the star of the show and outclassed all the other actors. Apparently she helped with the writing of the script. Adam Driver didn’t have a great script to work with but I thought his performance was incredible. Daisy Ridley is very enjoyable to watch and her story is right at the centre of this movie. I know that not everyone would agree with me but I did find the only weak link was Domhnall Gleeson. Whether or not it was his fault I don’t know because he is such a talented actor. He has not faltered in any of his films. Joaquin Phoenix was offered the role which eventually went to Benicio Del Toro, who is so charismatic that he dominates all the scenes he was in. Overall, I have to say that I believed in each individual character. I don’t want to give anything away but in my opinion there were a few scenes that weren’t needed and I did feel that the film lost the plot a bit in the middle section, although it very quickly came back. One very famous filming location is the island called Skellig Michael, which is just off the coast of Co.Kerry in Ireland. This island provides some of the most memorable images in the movie. The principal themes that occur throughout The Last Jedi are the importance of self sacrifice and hope, which apply to many of the characters. It is over 2 hours long so a very lengthy film, but you hardly notice the time go by. There is a lot for all the Star Wars fans to enjoy and lots of references to the original series. Obviously the visual effects and design are outstanding, most of which were done by ILM.  At the end I wanted to clap and whoop because I enjoyed this film so much. The next Star Wars film is out in 2019, with J.J. Abrams to direct. It is very moving to think that this is the last Star Wars film that the original cast are going to star in. I just have to say again that Carrie Fisher was incredible and this film was a fitting tribute to her. “To our Princess Carrie Fisher”. 

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